Part of the Hydrogen Peroxide Propulsion Guide Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is a strong oxidizing agent in either acid or alkaline solutions; however, with a very strong oxidizing agent such as MnO4, it will also behave as a reducing agent. Hydrogen ion concentration (pH), the presence and nature of catalysts, and temperature are important controlling parameters in H2O2 reactions. By proper choice of reaction conditions, it is possible to modify the oxidizing action of concentrated H2O2 solutions. As an oxidizing agent, H2O2 has the distinct advantage of producing only water as a by-product. Hydrogen peroxide also forms simple addition complexes, forming compounds similar to hydrates. These compounds are normally called hydroperoxidates. These are generally accepted as hydrogen-bonded compounds, which are analogous to anion water compounds. Hydroperoxidates are readily formed with highly electronegative atoms such as nitrogen, oxygen, and fluorine. Amino groups form stronger bonds with peroxide than carboxyl or hydroxyl groups.